DullenMIKE won the 2022 VBL cross-console final 5-0 on aggregate. - © NEUE BILDER Lieske und Howar GbR/
DullenMIKE won the 2022 VBL cross-console final 5-0 on aggregate. - © NEUE BILDER Lieske und Howar GbR/
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VBL Grand Final by bevestor - as it happened!

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DullenMike triumphed in the 10th season of the VBL Grand Final by Bevestor! Recap an action-packed weekend of German eFootball below...

VBL GRAND FINAL - as it happened!

DullenMIKE WINS IT!

A comprehensive 4-0 win on the PS5 seals it for DullenMIKE. He wins the 2022 title, avenging his loss in last season's final to RBLZ_Umut!

ROUND ONE TO FREIBURG

DullenMIKE, representing Freiburg, wins the first leg on the XBOX 1-0. They now switch consoles and RBLZ_Umut, of RB Leipzig, will try to turn things around on his preferred console.

DULLENMIKE LEADS!

A remarkable step-over from Alphonso Davies - the man who secured DullenMIKE's final berth - followed by a finish from a tight angle has put DullenMIKE in front! Remember, he is playing this first leg on his preferred console.

FINAL UNDERWAY!

The action has started in the grand final!

FIVE MINUTES TO GO

The title and €40,000 is at stake, and we are just five minutes away from the final!

HOME ADVANTAGE FOR DULLENMIKE

The toss of a coin has determined that the first leg will be played on the XBOX, giving DullenMIKE the 'home' advantage, so to speak. He is the XBOX champion and should be considered as the favourite on that console, but the crucial second leg will be on the PS5, when RBLZ_Umut will fancy his chances of defending his title.!

RBLZ_Umut and DullenMIKE meet in the Cross Console grand VBL final 2022, just like they had done in 2021! - /

CROSS-CONSOLE GRAND FINAL: (KICK-OFF 7:05pm CEST)
RBLZ_Umut - DullenMIKE

SAME AS LAST YEAR!

So it will be a repeat of last year's cross-console final as DullenMIKE joins RBLZ_Umut in the showpiece!

Watch: DullenMIKE seals final berth with sweet Alphonso Davies strike

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS:
PS5:
SVW_Chaser - RBLZ_Umut 0-2, 1-4

XBOX:
levyfinn - DullenMIKE 1-2, 0-1

DAVIES DRILLS IT IN!

That should be the goal that takes DullenMIKE into the cross-console final! He's been playing a patient game, trying to run down the clock, and as lewyfinn tries to get some possession, the ball falls for Davies to drill into the far corner, and that could well be that! A two-goal advantage into the final 10 minutes...

2-1 TO DULLENMIKE

All to play for in the second leg with DullenMIKE gaining a 2-1 advantage from the first leg. It takes just a matter of seconds in eSports for a single-goal lead to be overturned, so no resting on laurels for the SC Freiburg representative!

EXCHANGING BLOWS

A fine goal from levyfinn has his own fans and all the neutrals on their feet in Cologne, but DullenMIKE responds immediately - it's 2-1 to him!

DULLENMIKE TAKES THE LEAD!

He has Daniel Caligiuri to thank, as DullenMIKE draws first blood to grab an early lead!

XBOX FINAL (KICK-OFF 5:50pm CEST):
levyfinn faces DullenMIKE in the XBOX final, with RBLZ_Umut waiting for the winner in the cross-console final. Kick-off imminent!

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BACK-TO-BACK FINAL

RBLZ_Umut is the Playstation 5 champion! SVW_Chaser managed to level the second leg at 1-1, but it was only a brief moment of joy as RBLZ_Umut turned the screw and reached the cross-console final for the second season running, and can he win it like he did last year?
Result: SVW_Chaser - RBLZ_Umut 0-2, 1-4

MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB

It looks like RBLZ_Umut is heading to back-to-back cross-console finals as he increases his lead, relieving a good spell of pressure to go 1-0 ahead in the second leg, and 3-0 on aggregate.

FIRST LEG TO RBLZ_UMUT

A second goal for RBLZ_Umut, who takes a 2-0 first-leg win into the second leg, and a return to the final for the second year running is on the cards for the title holder. That's SVW_Chaser's first defeat of today, though, so he's shown a winning mentality before, and needs one again now.

EARLY OPENER!

RBLZ_Umut has got off to a flyer, scoring after just six minutes! SVW_Chaser, who has not lost a game over seven rounds, needs to come from behind.

SEMI-FINALS:
PS5:
SVW_Chaser - RBLZ_Umut 0-2, 1-4

XBOX (KICK-OFF 5:50pm CEST):
levyfinn - DullenMIKE 1-2

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HISTORY REPEATING?

Last year, RBLZ_Umut was crowned German champion with a win over DullenMIKE, and both are still on course for a repeat final! Will they get to the showpiece again? We will find out soon with the PS5 console final coming up first, and the XBOX final following just under an hour later. You won't want to go anywhere right now!

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS:
PS5:
SVW_Chaser
- Denii10 - 3-0, 3-2
VBL-Epixal7 - RBLZ_Umut - 2-2, 1-2

XBOX:
levyfinn
- RBLZ_Gaucho10 - 2-1, 1-0
DullenMIKE - TheStrxngeR - 2-0, 4-0

Watch: Chaser celebrates quarter-final win

DULLENMIKE IN COMMAND

On the XBOX, DullenMIKE is closing in on a place in the console final too, repeating his 2-0 win from the first leg with another 2-0 so far in the second, with time ticking down.

FIRST FINALIST!

RBLZ_Umut has turned his tie around in the second leg, winning 2-1 to become the first finalist on the PS5! Denii10 got off to a good start against SVW Chaser, but he equalised straight away and is close to securing his place in the final.

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS (FIRST LEG):
PS5:
SVW_Chaser - Denii10 - 3:0
VBL-Epixal7 - RBLZ_Umut - 2:2

XBOX:
levyfinn - RBLZ_Gaucho10 - 2:1
DullenMIKE - TheStrxngeR - 2:0

THE CHASER IS ON

Over on the Playstation, SVW_Chaser has raced into a three-goal lead over Denii10 in the late kick-off. The 16-year-old is on course for the console final!

DULLENMIKE DOUBLES UP

A place in the XBOX final is already within reach of DullenMIKE, as he doubles his lead. His team have almost two thirds possession too, and are looking very comfortable indeed, but stick with us to see if TheStrxngeR can mount a comeback! Meanwhile, levyfinn's also gone two goals to the good before the break.

DULLENMIKE DRAWS FIRST BLOOD!

The semi-finals on each console, or the overall quarter-finals, are underway and DullenMIKE wastes absolutely no time in going ahead against TheStrxngeR on the XBOX! In the other semi-final, levyfinn has also taken an early lead against RBLZ_Gaucho10.

QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

The stage is set for the quarter-finals, with some massive matches coming up when they get underway at 3.30pm CEST. Here's that draw in full:

PS5:

SVW_Chaser - Denii10
VBL-Epixal7 - RBLZ_Umut

XBOX:

levyfinn - RBLZ_Gaucho10
DullenMIKE - TheStrxngeR

The bracket from the quarter-finals. - /

LAST-16 RESULTS IN FULL

PS5:

SVW_Chaser - HSV_Daniel7 - 1:0, 2:1
Denii10 - JistenNSQ - 1:0, 2:2 (on pens)
a.e. PredatorFIFA - VBL-Epixal7 - 0:1, 1:4
RBLZ_Umut - AntonioRadelja 1:1, 2:0

XBOX:

levyfinn - H96_Fabio - 4:1, 1:0
RBLZ_Gaucho10 - MegaBit98 - 4:2, 3:1
DullenMIKE - Bassinho - 1:0, 3:1
TheStrxngeR - July - 1:0, 2:2 (aet)

DENII10 SPOT ON TO ADVANCE

There's drama in Cologne and huge roars go up as Denii10 holds his nerve to dump JistenNSQ out on penalties. What a game!

Watch: Denii10 beats JistenNSQ on penalties to reach quarter-finals

MEGA SCALP ON XBOX

MegaBit98 is OUT! RBLZ_Gaucho10 dumps him out and advances to the semi-finals with a huge win. Meanwhile, a late equaliser from JistenNSQ sends his match with Denii10 into extra-time.

WHO WILL MAKE THE SEMIS?

SVW_Chaser, Denii10 and VBL-Epixal7 chalked up 1-0 wins on the PS5 in their last-16 first-legs, while reigning champion RBLZ_Umut shared a 1-1 draw with AntonioRadelja. On the Xbox, levvyfinn, RBLZ_Gaucho10, DullenMIKE and TheStrxngeR all picked up wins. The second ties are underway now.

LAST-16 DRAW IS IN

Here's how the last-16 draws look on PS5 and Xbox, respectively, with AntonioRadelja drawn against reigning champion RBLZ_Umut following a pair of defeats to the champ in the fifth-round.

PS5:

SVW_Chaser - HSV_Daniel7
Denii10 - JistenNSQ
PredatorFIFA - VBL-Epixal7
RBLZ_Umut - AntonioRadelja

Xbox:

levyfinn - H96_Fabio
RBLZ_Gaucho10 - MegaBit98
DullenMIKE - Bassinho
TheStrxngeR - July

INTO THE KNOCKOUTS ON XBOX...

We also have our last eight on Xbox: levyfinn, SVW-Chaser, TheStrxngeR, RBLZ_Gaucho10, DullenMIKE, MegaBit98, Juli, Bassinho and H96_Fabio. The competition is over for zizou7zidane, DonChap28 and burak__may.

RBLZ_Gaucho10 - TheStrxngeR - 1:2, 1:3
DullenMIKE - H96_Fabio - 1:0, 2:1
DonChap28 - MegaBit98 - 5:5, 1:5
zizou7zidane - Juli - 1:1, 1:2
burak__may - Bassinho - 2:3, 0-1

WHEN YOU KNOW IT'S YOUR DAY

In his first-leg draw with Serhatinho, it's safe to say Jannis "JistenNSQ" Pütz had a slice of fortune with the goal below. He went on to seal a second-leg win that moves the Paderborn player into the last-16.

Watch: JistenNSQ gets lucky...

PS5 FIFTH-ROUND WRAPPED UP

We're now into thew business end of the tournament as SVW-Chaser, PredatorFIFA, RBLZ_Umut, Denii10, JistenNSQ, AntonioRadelja, VBL-Epixal7 and HSV_Daniel7 all advance to the round of 16 on PlayStation. Serhatinho, HaciGS_1905__ and FCH_Henning are eliminated.

Denii10 - PredatorFIFA - 1-2, 0-1
AntonioRadelja - RBLZ_Umut - 2-3 , 1-4
Serhatinho - JistenNSQ - 2-2, 0-2
VBL-Epixal7 - HaciGS_1905__ - 1-0, 1-1
FCH_Henning - HSV_Daniel7 - 1:2, 1:3

BOTH SIDES OF THE DRAW IN ACTION

Unlike yesterday, the games on PS5 and Xbox are being played in parallel today. And, at this stage, we've already lost five of the original 16 players on Xbox: Funino, Eisvogel, fcsp_musti, FOKUS STYLO and Lob Cedi all lost after three defeats. Meanwhile, levyfinn has already qualified for the knockouts after a perfect record of four from four.

XBOX RECAP

For those just joining us, it's worth noting that the Xbox fourth-round games were all done and dusted last night. Here's how they unfolded as we watch the prepare for the final fifth-round games that will decide the knockouts.

TheStrxngeR - levyfinn 0:1, 0:2
H96_Fabio - zizou7zidane 1:0, 1:0
Juli - DullenMIKE 2:3, 1:1
burak_may - RBLZ_Gaucho10 1:2, 0:0
fcsp_musti - Bassinho 0:0, 0:1
LoB Cedi - MegaBit98 0:3, 0:4
FOCUS STYLO - DonChap28 0:2, 0:3

THOSE PS5 ROUND FOUR RESULTS

We've seen four players eliminated after the early matches this morning: Lukas_1004, Leroy_1892, fcsp_kamal, xThomas_om and TimoX. Here are the full PS5 fourth-round results:

SVW_Chaser - Denii10 - 4:1, 3:3
PredatorFIFA - JistenNSQ - 3:1, 1:1
Serhatinho - AntonioRadelja - 3:2, 1:5
HaciGS_1905__ - RBLZ_Umut - 1:2, 0:3
VBL-Epixal7 - TimoX - 2: 3, 4: 2
HSV_Daniel7 - Lukas_1004 - 1: 1, 3: 2
FCH_Henning - fcsp_kamal - 1: 2, 3:1 (aet)

WILL UMUT "RBLZ_UMUT" GÜLTEKIN MAKE HISTORY?

Reigning champion Umut "RBLZ_Umut" Gültekin would make history if the RB Leipzig player defends his VBL crown. He lost in the first round yesterday but then responded with wins in the next two rounds of matches. He's up on the PS5 now in those remaining fourth-round matches.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE IN FULL

  • 10.45am: Swiss Round 4 - PlayStation 5
  • 12pm: Swiss Round 5
  • 1.45pm: Round of 16
  • 3.30pm: Quarter-finals
  • 4.45pm: First semi-final
  • 5.50pm: Second semi-final
  • 7.05pm: Cross-console final
  • 8.15pm: Trophy presentation

EARLY START

We're getting underway a little early than originally planned, with yesterday's delayed PS5 fourth-round matches moved to this morning. That doesn't alter the rest of the schedule for today, though, which we'll share in full next...

WELCOME!

It's day two of the VBL Grand Final, where one champion will today emerge from the field. Stay tuned to find out who that will be, with the live action kicking off at 10.45 CEST. You can watch all the action below and we'll have updates throughout the day as the tournament comes to its dramatic conclusion in Cologne.

Watch: All the action from Day 1!

DAY 1 - AS IT HAPPENED

THAT'S IT FOR NOW!

Join us again on Sunday for the completion of the delayed PS5 fourth-round ties, round five, the decisive knockouts and winner-takes-all final! Kick-off is around 10.45am CEST.

SWISS FOURTH-ROUND RESULTS (XBOX)

TheStrxngeR - levyfinn 0:1, 0:2
H96_Fabio - zizou7zidane 1:0, 1:0
Juli - DullenMIKE 2:3, 1:1
burak_may - RBLZ_Gaucho10 1:2, 0:0
fcsp_musti - Bassinho 0:0, 0:1
LoB Cedi - MegaBit98 0:3, 0:4
FOKUS STYLO - DonChap28 0:2, 0:3

SWISS THIRD-ROUND RESULTS (XBOX)

Defeats for MegaBit98 and Eisvogel are the surprises:

burak__may - TheStrxngeR - 0:2, 0:5
levyfinn - RBLZ_Gaucho10 - 1:0, 1:0
FOKUS STYLO - H96_Fabio - 0:2, 0:5
DullenMike - Bassinho - 2:0, 4:0
MegaBit98 - Juli - 2:4, 3:2
DonChap28 - zizou7zidane - 1:2, 1:1
Funino - Lob Cedi - 0:1, 2:2 (on pens.)
Eisvogel - fcsp_musti - 0:3, 0:1

PS5 FIXTURES TO BE COMPLETED ON SUNDAY

The PS5 fourth-round games have been moved to Sunday. The second day of the finals will now kick off around 10.45am CEST, instead of midday.

SWISS SECOND-ROUND RESULTS (XBOX)

levyfinn - MegaBit98 - 0:0, 3:2 (aet)
RBLZ_Gaucho10 - H96_Fabio - 2:2, 2:1 (on pens.)
TheStrxngeR - zizou7zidane - 1:0, 4:0
burak__may - DullenMIKE - 2:1, 2:2 (aet)
LoB Cedi - Bassinho - 1:3, 0:0
fcsp_musti - DonChap28 - 0:2, 2:1 (on pens.)
Juli - Eisvogel - 0:1, 4:1
FOKUS STYLO - Funino - 2:0, 1:2

WHAT FINESSE!

Is this the Goal of the Tournament?

Watch: MegaBit98 with a sumptuous goal from Haaland

SWISS FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (XBOX)

Eisvogel - levyfinn - 1:0, 0:3
MegaBit98 - FOKUS STYLO - 0:0, 4:0
Juli - RBLZ_Gaucho10 - 1:1, 1:2
LoB Cedi - TheStrxngeR - 1:1, 1:2
H96_Fabio - Bassinho - 2:1, 3:3 (on pens.)
DullenMIKE - DonChap28 - 2:2, 5:2
burak__may - funino - 3:2, 2:1
zizou7zidane - fcsp_musti - 1:0, 1:1

SMOOTH OPERATORS

Haaland's doing the business for MegBit98, while levyfinn has also picked up a comfortable aggregate win.

XBOX TIME

The Xbox Swiss first-round is under way, after technical problems with the remaining PS5 games, which will resume as soon as possible. The respective console winners will then meet in the cross-platform final.

FIRST ELIMINATION

Leroy_1892 is the first casualty of this year's finals, after losing his third-round tie to TimoX. SVW_Chaser and Denii10 are still the players to beat, while RBLZ_Umut picks up another win.

SWISS THIRD-ROUND RESULTS (PS5)

Denii10 - HaciGS_1905__ - 1:1, 2:0
SVW-Chaser - JistenNSQ - 4:2, 2:3 (aet)
RBLZ_Umut - Lukas_1004 - 1:1, 5:2
AntonioRadelja - HSV_Daniel7 - 3:0, 2:1
VBL-Epixal7 - Serhatinho - 3:1, 1:4 (on pens.)
PredatorFIFA - FCH_Henning - 1:1, 2:1
TimoX - Leroy_1892 - 0:1, 3:0

SWISS SECOND-ROUND RESULTS (PS5)

JistenNSQ - VBL_Epixal7 - 2:1, 0:0
Lukas_1004 - SVW_Chaser - 0:2, 2:1
AntonioRadelja - Denii10 - 2:1, 0:2
HaciGS_1905__ - Serhatinho - 2:1, 1:0
HSV_Daniel7 - fcsp_kamal - 1:0, 0:0
PredatorFIFA - xThomas_om - 1:0, 1:1 (aet)
TimoX - FCH_Henning - 1:1, 0:2 (aet)
RBLZ_Umut - Leroy_1892 - 5:0, 6:1

HIGH STANDARD

RBLZ_Umut wins the second leg 6-1 - he's right back in the game - but a couple of other ties have gone to extra time.

NORMAL SERVICE RESUMED

RBLZ_Umut thrashes Leroy_1892 5-0 to put the disappointment of his first-round loss behind him.

SWISS FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (PS5)

VBL-Epixal7 - HSV_Daniel7 - 1:2, 2:0
PredatorFIFA - Serhatinho - 0:0, 3:4 (on pens.)
JistenNSQ - FCH_Henning - 2:1, 2:0
Lukas_1004 - xThomas_om - 2:1, 1:1
AntonioRadelja - fcsp_kamal - 1:1, 1:0
HaciGS_1905__ - Leroy_1892 - 1:2, 2:0 (on pens.)
TimoX - SVW_Chaser - 3:2, 0:3
Denii10 - RBLZ_Umut - 0:2, 6:3 (aet)

Watch: Denii10 topples VBL holder RBLZ_Umut

DRAMA!

Denii10 prevails 6-3 in extra-time, giving him a 6-5 aggregate victory over the defending champion! Serhatinho also picks up a win in his penalty shootout against PredatorFIFA.

THREE GOALS IN 30 MINUTES

Defending champion RBLZ_Umut has his work cut out. Having been 3-1 down to Denii10 at half-time in their second leg, he went down 5-3 after 90 minutes. As before, there was nothing to separate PredatorFIFA and Serhathino.

HEAVY LIES THE CROWN

There's never been a back-to-back VBL champion, but holder RBLZ_Umut has made a winning start, beating Denii10 2-0 in the first leg of their PS5 Swiss-Roung fixture. Meanwhile, PredatorFIFA and Serhathinho played out a goalless draw.

WELCOME!

Two days of eFootball, one champion. Stay tuned to find out who will take the title of Virtual Bundesliga champion!

All you need to know

Participant field

Led by reigning individual champion Umut “RBLZ_umut” Gültekin, the field of participants at the VBL Grand Final consists of 32 players, 16 per console (PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S). You can find out here who was able to qualify via the VBL Club Championship by Bevestor team competition and the playoffs of the VBL Open by Bevestor.

Timetable

Saturday, June 4

Swiss Round 1 to 4 — PlayStation 5:12:00

Swiss Round 1 to 4 — Xbox Series X/S: 17:15

End: approx. 21:30

Sunday, June 5

Swiss Round 4 - PlayStation 5: 10:45

Swiss Round 5 — PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S: 12:00

Next: Start of knockout phase

Awards Ceremony — approx. 20:15

Tickets

At the VBL Grand Final in XPOST (more about the location), you can see the national FIFA elite live for the first time in over two years. At present, almost 80 percent of the ticket quota has already been sold. Get your ticket now in the ticket shop for the second final day on Sunday, June 5th.

Modus

Divided between the two consoles, 16 players play against each other in the so-called Swiss mode at the VBL Grand Final. The first of the five rounds is drawn randomly, after which the players will be matched round by round with participants with the same win/loss record.

A round consists of a first and second game, from which the goals scored are added up. In the event of a tie, the decision is made in extra time or, if applicable, in penalty shootout After five Swiss rounds, the top eight players on each platform qualify for the knockout phase (single elimination). The best Xbox player and the best player on the PlayStation finally compete against each other in the so-called cross-console final.

Squad restriction

Like the playoffs of the VBL Open, FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) mode will be played. Players may only use player items from the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga and have a maximum of two players from one club in the team squad. In addition, a German icon (Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Lothar Matthäus, Miroslav Klose, Michael Ballack) and a Bundesliga hero player (e.g. Mario Gomez) are allowed.

Prize money

As in the previous year, the prize pool is €100,000. The winner of the VBL Grand Final will receive a total of 40,000€, the runner-up can look forward to 20,000€ in prize money. The complete distribution of the prize money:

1st place: €40,000

2nd place: €20,000

3rd place: €10,000

4th place: €5,000

5-8th place: €3,250

8-16th place: €1,500